Degree Requirments

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL BACCALAUREATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

In addition to specific requirements of the major and minor fields of study, the following requirements must be satisfied by all students seeking the baccalaureate degree.

1. Candidates for a baccalaureate degree must earn a minimum of 120 semester hours of academic credit and complete three specified courses in physical education. A transfer student who has completed an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree in a transfer program will not be required to fulfill the physical education requirements.

NOTE: A student who changes major may have to complete additional hours of coursework beyond those required for completion of the program.

2. All baccalaureate programs require at least 21 hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 hours of upper division work overall.

3. A quality grade point average of 2.00 or higher is required for graduation. Some curricula require a higher average. Grades from transfer credit are calculated for graduation with honors purposes only.

4. A candidate must earn in residence at least twenty-seven of the forty hours of credit earned immediately preceding graduation. Candidates admitted to the University for the final year of work must be in residence for a minimum of two semesters and must complete at least thirty hours of credit including fifteen hours of upper division credit in the major field. If less than a normal load of academic credit is carried, each three-hour course counts as one fifth of a semester toward residence requirements.

5. Degree candidates may earn credit in correspondence, extension work, and credit by examination, but not more than ten hours in the major discipline and no more than thirty hours of credit earned in this manner will count toward degree requirements.

6. All candidates for baccalaureate degrees must satisfactorily complete the General Core Curriculum requirements.

7. Candidates for the B.A. degree must present credit for at least six hours of a foreign language sequence numbered 2000 or above. College Preparatory Curriculum foreign language deficiency requirements do not count as part of this sequence.

8. Candidates for the B.S. degree in some majors (See Bulletin requirements for specific major) must present semester credit for a foreign language sequence. College Preparatory Curriculum foreign language deficiency requirements do not count as part of this sequence.

9. Certain multi-lingual students may have the foreign language requirement waived if they can demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English and other than their native tongue in the case of foreign students.

10. A candidate must complete English 1101 with a grade of C or higher or must demonstrate proficiency on the CLEP test. A baccalaureate degree candidate must earn a grade of C or higher in English 1102 also.

11. Candidates are required to satisfy the provisions of the Georgia State Code 32-171 as amended by The General Assembly, which requires all candidates for a degree to pass either courses in or an appropriate examination on the history of the United States, the history of Georgia, The United States Constitution, and the Constitution of Georgia.

12. Candidates for the bachelor degree must make a satisfactory score on the Regents' Test, the University System of Georgia reading and writing skills test.

13. Students who were enrolled initially prior to the fall semester 2002 are required to pass a test of geographic knowledge or to earn a passing grade in one of the following courses: SOSC 1000, SOSC 1101, GEOG 1101, GEOG 4550, POLS 4550. Students entering fall 2002 or later do not have to meet this requirement.

14. Candidates for the B.A. degree must complete a minor field of study. The minor will consist of 15-18 semester hours in the field of study with at least nine hours at the upper division course level. The minor will be planned through consultation between the chairs of the major and minor schools/departments.

15. Students in some degree programs and majors are required to take an exit examination prior to graduation. A minimum score may be required. Students should contact their advisors for specific details.

GENERAL ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The applicant who meets all of the requirements for admission to GSW and an approved technical college may enroll in either the technical college or GSW. However, should the applicant wish to attend both institutions concurrently, he/she would be restricted to only three (3) semester hours of academic work at GSW.

Requirements for the Associate in Applied Science (Career Degree)

  • 1. Completion of an approved technical college requirements for the appropriate program.
  • 2. Twenty-one semester hours of general education courses at Georgia Southwestern State University ("General Education", not necessarily core curriculum)
  • 3. At least one course in each of the following areas:
    • a. Written Communication
    • b. Natural Science
    • c. Mathematics
    • d. Computer Literacy
    • e. Social Science
  • 4. Completion of the U.S. and Georgia history and Constitution legislative requirements.
  • 5. A cumulative/institutional grade point average of at least 2.00 on all work attempted at GSW.
  • 6. A maximum of 10 semester hours may be transferred from an accredited institution to meet these requirements.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

All baccalaureate students are required to take PEDS 1010, PEDS 2000 and one activity course from the PEDS activity courses. A student who fails the swimming proficiency exam in PEDS 1010 must enroll in PEDS 1100 (Beginning Swimming) to complete the physical education requirements. Students should complete all the requirements during their first two years of enrollment. A transfer student who has completed a transferable Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree will not be required to fulfill the physical education requirements.

Exceptions are granted to veterans with at least one year of service, students barred by a physician's recommendation and students entering the B.S. Nursing Program. There is no requirement for veterans with at least one year of active duty. Students barred by a physician's recommendation are required to complete PEDS 2000 and HPER 2040. For graduation, all B.S. Nursing Program students are required to have credit for one activity P.E. course.

P.E. courses taken at another institution and showing on the student's transcript will count toward this requirement. Any exception to this policy must be approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Associate Dean for Academic Services.

Students in Associate in Applied Science programs in cooperation with approved technical colleges are not required to take courses in physical education. However, they must complete all physical education requirements if they pursue any other degree.

Students participating in intercollegiate athletics may receive credit for physical education for that semester in which they participate, but they must be carried on the appropriate class roll.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Catalog for Graduation Evaluation

Under the guidance of the academic advisor, a student may select to be evaluated for graduation from any catalog in effect during the time of enrollment provided the enrollment has been continuous.

Students readmitted or reinstated will be evaluated for graduation from the catalog in effect at the time of readmission or reinstatement or any catalog in effect during subsequent periods of continuous enrollment.

Students changing majors will be evaluated for graduation from the catalog in effect at the time of the change or any catalog in effect during subsequent periods of continuous enrollment.

Each student is responsible for determining the appropriate catalog to be used for academic advisement and for evaluation of graduation requirements. Catalog selection applies only to the course requirements of that catalog. All other academic procedures and graduation requirements must be satisfied according to regulations in effect at the time of graduation. Students desiring further information on the selection of an appropriate catalog may contact their major department chair/academic dean or the Registrar.

Application for Graduation- Undergraduate Students

The Application for Graduation for fall semester must be completed on or before December 1 prior to the academic year in which the degree is expected. The Application for Graduation for spring semester must be completed on or before May 1 prior to the academic year in which the degree is expected. Students who plan to graduate at completion of summer term must apply on or before September 1 prior to the year in which the degree is expected. Applications for graduation are available at the Registrar's Office and on RAIN (Registration and Academic Information Network).

Graduation Term Apply no later than of the year prior   
Fall   December 1
Spring   May 1
Summer   September 1

ORIENTATION

Georgia Southwestern State University requires a one credit hour orientation course (UNIV 1000) of all new, full-time freshmen. New entering transfer students with less than nine hours of transfer credit must also enroll in UNIV 1000. This highly structured freshman orientation/advisement program has been instituted at Georgia Southwestern State University to facilitate the new student's transition to college-level work.

UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF GEORGIA CORE CURRICULUM

The Core Curriculum of the University System of Georgia was established for the general purpose of aiding and facilitating the educational progress of students as they pursue baccalaureate degrees within and among the units of the University System. It represents an effort to deal effectively with increasing curricular problems of students which result from increased enrollment at institutions of higher education, increased number and percentage of students enrolled in two-year institutions, increased mobility of the student population, increased number and complexity of major fields of studies offered by senior units, and increased problems related to transfer of credit among units of the University System.

The Core Curriculum provides for (1) sixty semester credit hours of which forty-two are in general education and eighteen are in a major area of study, (2) the assurance of acceptance of transfer of the Core Curriculum or a fractional part thereof toward a baccalaureate degree, and (3) the preservation of the maximum possible amount of institutional autonomy.

The Core Curriculum provides the following six areas of study:

A.   Essential Skills   9
B.   Institutional Options   4-5
C.   Humanities/Fine Arts   6
D.   Science, Mathematics, Technology   10-11
E.   Social Science   12
F.   Courses related to the major   18

GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY CORE REQUIREMENTS

The specific courses which must be completed by all students working toward the baccalaureate degree are listed below. These courses are begun in the first semester of college enrollment and should be completed during the first two years. In certain programs or for transfer students, some substitutions in the core are accepted. Student should contact the appropriate academic dean or department chair for details.

A student transferring to GSW with a transferable Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a college or university within the University System of Georgia will have met the GSW core requirements as long as the student does not change majors. Core courses required by GSW but not by the student's previous institution may have to be taken to prepare the student for upper division course work. However, the student will not be required to complete more than a total of 120 semester credit hours, excluding physical education and orientation, to earn the degree. Students in this category who change majors may have additional core courses to complete, particularly in Core Areas D and F.

A student transferring to GSW with an Associate of Applied Science or an Associate of Science in Nursing degree from a college or university within the University System of Georgia will be required to meet GSW core requirements. Core courses already completed at the previous institution will be considered on a course-by-course basis.

  • Semester System

  • General Core Requirements

Area A: Essential Skills 9 semester hours

ENGL 1101 - Composition I  3 hours
ENGL 1102 - Composition II  3 hours
MATH 1111* - College Algebra  3 hours

*or a course for which MATH 1111 is a prerequisite, excluding MATH 2204 (Elementary Statistics). MATH 1113 (Precalculus) or MATH 1120 (Calculus I) is required in Area A for mathematics and science degree programs.

Area B: GSW Institutional Options (minimum)                             4-5 semester hours

Students with 10 semester hours in Area D must complete 5 semester hours in Area B.

Students with 11 semester hours in Area D must complete 4 semester hours in Area B.

Select from the following courses:

CIS 1000 - Computer Literacy or2 hours
SOSC 1000 - Background to Current Events or2 hours
SOSC 1101 - The World and Its People or3 hours
GEOG 1101 - Intro to Human Geography3 hours
ENGL 2200 - Introduction to Professional Writing  3 hours
COMM 1110** - Fundamentals of Speech  3 hours
SOCI 2295 - American Mosaic   2 hours

Foreign Language* 3 hours

THEA 1110** - Performance Skills for 3 hours

Business and Professions

*must be a 2000 level or higher foreign language course.

** recommended for teacher education majors.

Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts                                                     6 semester hours

Select one of the following:

  • ENGL 2110 - World Literature                                             3 hours
  • ENGL 2120 - British Literature
  • ENGL 2130 - American Literature

Select one of the following:                                                               3 hours

  • ARTC 1100 - Art Appreciation
  • MUSC1100 - Music Appreciation
  • THEA1100 - Theatre Appreciation

Area D: Mathematics, Science,

Technology (minimum)                                                            10 semester hours

Di: Non-Science Majors Only    

One lab science course from List A below   4 hours
One science course from List A or List B below   3 hours
One course from List A, List B, or List C below   3 or 4 hours

Dii: Science or Non Science Majors    

Two course lab science sequence from List A below   8 hours
One course from List A, List B or List C below 3 or   4 hours

List A (4 hours each)

  • BIOL 1107 & BIOL 1107L - Essentials of Biology I Lecture and Lab
  • BIOL 1108 & BIOL 1108L - Essentails of Biology II Lecture and Lab
  • BIOL 2107 - Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 2108 - Principles of Biology II
  • GEOL 1121 - Introductory Geosciences I
  • GEOL 1122 - Introductory Geosciences II
  • CHEM 1211 & CHEM1211L - Principles of Chemistry I Lecture and Lab
  • CHEM 1212 & CHEM1212L - Principles of Chemistry II Lecture and Lab
  • PHYS 1111 - Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 1112 - Introductory Physics II
  • PHYS 2211 - Principles of Physics I
  • PHYS 2212 - Principles of Physics II

List B (3 hours each)

  • BIOL 1107 - Essentials of Biology I Lecture
  • BIOL 1108 - Essentials of Biology II Lecture
  • CHEM 1211 - Principles of Chemistry I Lecture
  • CHEM 1212 - Principles of Chemistry II Lecture
  • GEOL 1211 - The Earth's Evolving Environment
  • GEOL 1221 - Solar System Exploration
  • BIOL 1500 - Applied Botany
  • PHYS 1221 - Solar System Astronomy
  • PHYS 1222 - Stellar Astronomy

List C (3 or 4 hours each)

  • CIS 2000 - Desktop Publishing and Multimedia Presentations
  • CIS 2100 - Microcomputer Interfacing & Configuration
  • CIS 2300 - Business Applications Programming
  • CSCI 1301 - Intro to Structured Programming
  • CSCI 1302 - Advanced Structured Programming
  • CSCI 2100 - Assembly Language Programming
  • CSCI 2500 - Discrete Structures
  • MATH 1113 - Precalculus
  • MATH 1120 - Calculus I
  • MATH 2204 - Elementary Statistics
  • PSYC 1102 - Psychology as a Natural Science

NOTES:

  • 1. BIOL 1107/1107L and 1108/1108L are not open to students with credit in BIOL 2107 or BIOL 2108.
  • 2. PHYS 1111 and PHYS 1112 are not open to students with credit in PHYS 2211 and PHYS 2212.

Area E: Social Sciences 12 semester hours

POLS 1101 - American Government   3 hours
HIST 1111 - World Civilization I or HIST 1112 - World Civilization II  3 hours
HIST 2111 - US History I or HIST 2112 - US History II  3 hours

Select one course from the following: 3 hours

  • ECON2105 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • HIST1111 - World Civilization or
  • HIST 1112 - World Civilization II(additional World History course)
  • PSYC 1101* - Intro to Psychology
  • SOCI 1101 - Intro to Sociology
  • ANTH 1102 - Intro to Anthropology

*recommended for teacher education.

Area F:Courses Related to Major 18 semester hours

Areas A-F of the Core Curriculum require a minimum of 60 semester credit hours.

DOUBLE MAJORS

A student who wishes to meet the requirements for more than one major within the same baccalaureate degree classification is pursuing a double major. Requirements for completion of a double major follow.

  • 1. All degree requirements must be met for both majors.
  • 2. Once major course requirements, exclusive of elective and minor requirements, have been met for the first major, a minimum of twenty semester credit hours must be completed for the second major.
  • 3. The twenty hours (minimum) of credit for the second major may be taken in lieu of minor and elective requirements for the first major.
  • 4. A minimum of nine of the additional hours for the second major must be at the upper division level.

Approval to complete a double major must be granted by the appropriate department chair or academic dean and be on file in the Registrar's Office no later than the date of application for graduation.

SECOND BACCALAUREATE DEGREE

A student who has completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution may earn a second baccalaureate degree at Georgia Southwestern State University of the same or different designation (B.S., B.A., B.B.A., B.S.Ed., B.F.A., etc.) conferred on the same or later date by meeting the following requirements:

  • 1. All degree requirements in the second degree must be met. Courses completed for the first baccalaureate degree can be combined with courses completed after admission for the second degree to meet degree requirements for the second degree.
  • 2. A minimum of thirty semester credit hours in addition to those required for the first baccalaureate degree must be earned at Georgia Southwestern State University.
  • 3. A minimum of nine semester credit hours of the above thirty hours must be upper division courses in the major for the second degree.
  • 4. The Georgia Legislative History and Constitution requirements must be met. A student whose first baccalaureate was earned at an institution in the State of Georgia should have completed that requirement prior to conferring of the first degree and will not be required to repeat that requirement.
  • 5. The Geographic Knowledge requirement must be met by students enrolling prior to Fall 2002. A student whose first baccalaureate degree was earned at Georgia Southwestern State University will have already met this requirement and will not be required to repeat it.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Credit for prior experiential learning is available in selected undergraduate degree programs. A student in one of these degree programs should notify his or her academic advisor to determine if this policy applies. If applicable, the advisor notifies the appropriate academic dean or department chair, who convenes a faculty committee to review the student's portfolio to determine if credit for prior experiential learning is warranted and if so, the number of semester credit hours to be awarded. The total number of credit hours awarded for experiential learning cannot exceed 21 semester credit hours.

MILITARY CREDIT

Credit for prior military experience and training is determined on an individual basis, following the guidelines published by the American Council on Education for the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Students should see the Registrar for additional information.